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Torcello Island, Venice
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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • North of the lagoon this island was one of the first to be populated but there is only a pretty Cathedral and not much to do apart from a few shots of its famous Cathedral with its bridge of the devil. Anyway, it has quickly made the tower which can be visited!
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  • Pavement and mosaics of poignant beauty. Likely inspiration for the frescoes of GIOTTO in Padua (Chapel Scrovegnie) then the Florentine masters of the XV.
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  • This was the last island we visited on our island trip. The parish is lovely to see but there really is nothing else to see. I would not revisit this one again. The other two were great but this one i...  more »